Costa Rica Marcos and Maricela Oviedo - Light Roast Coffee
Producer: Finca Sircof Marcos and Maricela Oviedo
Region: Calle Rodriguez, Grecia, Costa Rica
Varieties: Catuai, Caturra, Villa Sarchi
Process: Special Honey
Altitude: 1350 MASL
Just a few months ago our head roaster, Brandt, was able to visit the Sircof farm in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. This beautiful farm is run by husband and wife power duo, Marcos and Maricela. This farm is part of the The Farmers Project which was created to help local farmers in Costa Rica sell their coffee for a fair price to support their workers, their farms, and their families. At Nostalgia, we are obsessed with good quality coffee and know that the sustainable way to achieve an amazing cup is to partner with producers who are dedicated to improving the entire chain of the industry.
When faced with the challenge of keeping his family farm alive, Marcos and his wife Maricela decided to take matters into their own hands. They built their very own micro mill which has allowed them to improve their production and cupping scores. Marcos is a DIY master and even built his own coffee roaster on site to roast sample batches and ensure their quality standards are met every harvest. In the latest run at Sircof, they have produced our new delicious honey-washed coffee which tastes like orange zest and chocolate milk!
Traditionally, coffee producers have used two main techniques for processing their beans: natural (or dry) and washed. The honey (or pulped natural) process is a hybrid that combines elements of both techniques by de-pulping the bean, but not washing away the sticky mucilage. This mucilage is reminiscent of honey and it offers an intense sweetness and complex mouthfeel. These coffees achieve a more rounded acidity than washed coffees and are not quite as fruity or “out there” as natural coffees. They are also environmentally friendly as they are not using water to wash away the mucilage.
The Costa Rican Farmer’s Project’s mission is to “cultivate quality coffee using sustainable practices and to establish long-term relationships with buying partners who believe in doing business with integrity and fairness in mind”. Coffee is about bringing people together and we know that the stability that comes with purchasing coffee from the same farms year after year, allows producers to take risks and continually innovate while ensuring fair pay.
With their hard work and attention to detail, as well as their willingness to adapt to a changing global coffee economy and to tackle the challenges of climate change, in many ways Marcos and Maricela represent the future of specialty coffee in Costa Rica.